PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The Piscataway High School wrestling team finished in second place for the fourth year in a row at the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament which took place this past Friday and Saturday at PHS.
The Chiefs tallied 172 points. First place Monroe, which stopped South Plainfield’s streak off 11-straight titles, won with 194 points. South Plainfield took third with 167.5. Sayreville and New Brunswick rounded out the top five with 119.5 and 101.5 points, respectively.
Monroe had just one first place wrestler, but the Falcons had 12 placewinners within the top six.
Piscataway sent the second most grapplers into the finals with five, winning two of the bouts. At 195-pounds second-seeded Nicholas Lodato beat top-seeded Thomas Rennan of South Plainfield by a decision, 5-2. Renna had pinned Lodato when the Tigers and Chiefs met in a dual meet in the middle of January.
At 120, top-seeded Deon Pleasant closed the tournament with a 10-4 decision against second-seeded Jacob DelVecchio of South Plainfield to give the home crowd a positive feeling as they left the Anthony Gymnasium. Heading into the last match, Piscataway held a slim half point lead over the Tigers, 168-167.5, and sealed a runner-up standing as a team with Pleasant’s victory.
Joseph Dulog at 132, Marcus Petite at 170, and Desmond Pleasant at 113 also made the championship matches for the Chiefs and took second place each.
Kendall Jordan also placed third at 126, Daniel Mikita took sixth at 138, Jake Sisk came in third at 145, and Abrahim Mohamed finished in sixth at heavyweight/285.
Based on records on TrackWrestling.com, Deon Pleasant is now 18-3 and Lodato is 14-3. Desmond Pleasant owns the most amount of wins with 19 while Petite also has 19 and Jordan has recorded 16. Dulog and Sisk both have 14.
Piscataway notched a tournament-best plus-14 seed differential which means that the wrestlers surpassed their seeds they were awarded at the start of the tournament. Mohamed was a No. 12 seed.
The Chiefs also defeated Hillsborough on Wednesday, 55-15, on Senior Night.
Next up, Piscataway partakes in a quad on Saturday at Montville.
Then, Piscataway will start the postseason as a No. 4 seed in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5 state tournament and host fifth-seeded Elizabeth next Monday. The Chiefs won their only sectional title in 2017. The Minutemen are 16-6 and are on a 13-match winning streak.
According to NJ.com, Elizabeth senior Moses Olowoopejo is ranked as the No.7 heavyweight in the state.
The winner will take on either top-seeded Westfield or eighth-seeded Perth Amboy on Feb. 12. Should Piscataway advance and win a sectional title, it’ll make an hour or so trip down south to Toms River for the Group Finals.
Seeding for the Districts for the start of the individual tournaments is on February 20. Districts begin two days later on February 22.
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